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Chris Tillman | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Tillman (shoulder) will play catch Wednesday for the fourth or fifth time since his platelet-rich plasma injection.
Tillman received the injection in his shoulder around December 20-22 and is already feeling better, but he's behind the other pitchers in camp. As such, he's not expected to start Opening Day. There's a chance he could still be ready by early-to-mid April, but a backdated stint on the disabled list appears likely. Feb 15 - 8:47 AM

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Chris Tillman (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on March 14.

Tillman received a platelet-rich plasma injection his right shoulder in December and is currently three weeks behind schedule in Orioles' camp. Assuming he stays on track for the simulated game and responds well, he could be ready to pitch in a game as soon as March 17. Either way, the expectation is that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. He could still be ready by mid-April, but Kevin Gausman is the favorite to serve as the Opening Day starter.
Feb 14 - 3:48 PM

Chris Tillman is not expected to pitch Opening Day for the Orioles after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection his right shoulder in December.

Tillman has been the Orioles' Opening Day starter for the past three years, but he's currently three weeks behind schedule. Assuming he progresses as hoped, the Orioles could backdate a stint on the disabled list, which would make him eligible to return on April 9. The team doesn't need a fifth starter for the first time until April 15, so they could hold him back a bit longer. There should be more clarity on the situation in the coming days, but it's hardly welcome news in the early days in camp.
Feb 14 - 2:59 PM

Chris Tillman said Saturday that he wasn't optimistic about getting an extension done with the Orioles before spring training starts.

The veteran right-hander has already said that he doesn't want to negotiate during the season, so the best chance that the O's have to lock him up long term is to get a deal done before the start of the year. Tillman, in his final year of arbitration, agreed to a one-year, $10.05 million deal with the O's in mid-January.
Jan 28 - 3:15 PM

Orioles and RHP Chris Tillman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.05 million contract.

It was the right-hander's final year of arbitration eligibility, as he'll be going into his walk year in 2017. Tillman has made at least 30 starts each of the last four seasons for the Orioles, posting a 3.91 ERA over that time.
Jan 13 - 3:14 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that "all signs point" to Chris Tillman testing out free agency next offseason.

The Orioles began preliminary contract extension talks with Tillman last month, but evidently they didn't get far. Encina notes that Tillman, who turns 29 in April, will likely want at least a four-year deal and the O's have only given one four-year contract to a pitcher in their history (and that was to Ubaldo Jimenez, which hasn't really worked out). Tillman is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $10.6 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Jan 13 - 9:57 AM

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have begun extension talks with starter Chris Tillman.

Encinca calls them "introductory" negotiations. Tillman is set for a big payday in his final turn through salary arbitration after registering a cool 3.77 ERA (118 ERA+), 1.285 WHIP, and 140/66 K/BB ratio across 172 innings (30 starts) for the O's in 2016. He is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Chris Tillman allowed two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays in the American League Wild Card Game.

Tillman gave up a solo homer to Jose Bautista in the bottom of the second and an RBI single to Ezequiel Carrera in the bottom of the fifth. He was otherwise pretty sharp at a stadium that has been a house of horrors for him in the past, striking out four and issuing only one walk. Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered a walkoff three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 11th.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Chris Tillman has been named the Orioles' starter for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game.

He'll be facing off against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman in the one-game playoff in Toronto. Tillman finished the 2016 regular season with a 16-6 record, 3.77 ERA, 1.285 WHIP, and 140/66 K/BB ratio in 172 innings. Those overall numbers are better than Stroman's, though Tillman has struggled mightily at Rogers Centre in his eight-year major league career. We're talking a 7.01 ERA in 13 starts.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Chris Tillman gave up two runs -- one earned -- in 5 2/3 innings but didn't stick around long enough to get the win as the Orioles came back late to beat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday.

Both runs scored on sacrifice flies in the first and second innings. He gave up six hits and three bases-on-balls while striking out just two batters on the night. It was a nice bounce-back effort for a guy who has pitched quite poorly down the stretch. He will take a nice 16-6 record and 3.77 ERA into the offseason. He is likely to be rewarded with a lucrative free agent contract this winter.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:06:00 PM

Chris Tillman lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, allowing three runs on five hits in a no-decision.

Tillman clearly didn't have it -- he also walked three during his time -- and Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't hesitate to remove the starter in hopes of winning an important game for the Wild Card-hopeful Orioles. The clunker was rare for Tillman, who has been largely good in going 16-6 with a 3.84 ERA through 29 starts. The O's will need the 28-year-old to bounce back in a big way when they face off against another Wild Card team, the Blue Jays, next week.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:05:00 AM

Chris Tillman allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Tillman gave up just four hits and a walk, but it was just enough to saddle him with the loss. Through 28 starts, the right-hander is now 16-6 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Tillman will look to right the ship when he toes the rubber Thursday against the Red Sox.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:28:00 PM

Chris Tillman pitched well in Sunday's win over the Tigers, allowing one run on four hits over six innings.

Tillman struck out four and walked one on the afternoon. Ian Kinsler managed an RBI single off him in the fifth inning, but that was it for the scoring on his watch. This was his first start since he was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on August 24. He looked no worse for the wear. The 28-year-old right-hander will carry a 3.68 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into a home start against the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Orioles activated RHP Chris Tillman from the 15-day disabled list.

Tillman will rejoin the O's rotation on Sunday against the Tigers after missing the last three weeks with right shoulder inflammation. It's not an easy first matchup back from the DL, so fantasy owners should probably keep Tillman benched for this one if possible to see how he looks first.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 10:31:00 AM

Chris Tillman (shoulder) remains on track to return to the Orioles' rotation on Sunday.

Tillman will throw one more side session Friday as a final tuneup, but his other mound workouts have gone smoothly. The often-underrated 28-year-old starter landed on the disabled list August 20 with right shoulder inflammation. He's set to face the light-hitting Rays at home in his first start back.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:21:00 PM

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